Cascada El Pailón
Cascada El Pailón
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9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Follow the signs to Cascada el Pailon. Look for the colorful Hummingbird and colorful flags. Cascada el Pailón del Diablo is a spectacular natural wonder which lies on the edge of the cloud forest. At an impressive 265 feet, the thunderous waterfall emits high columns of swirling mist and showcases the untouched beauty of Ecuador. Awe-inspiring and breath-taking, the waterfall is named as one of the biggest single-drop waterfalls in Ecuador. However, there is more than just a waterfall! Brave the exciting & uniquely inclined suspension bridges, walk the beautiful riverside, explore the impressive flora and fauna and enjoy incredible up-close balconies! Only from Cascada el Pailon can the falls be seen up close from top to bottom. Come join us for our magical evening hours where nature and art unite in a beautiful light show! This colorful and interactive self-guided pathway will take you on a journey to see the waterfall in color.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Remove all doubt
    Cuenca, Ecuador131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike and waterfall balconies
    A great way to spend time in Banos! Bring a water bottle, rain parka. Camera , $$ in case the restaurant across the bridge is open. Great coffee and deserts you can enjoy while overlooking the falls. The approach to the falls is fun and you can get as wet or dry as you like. We saw many young families doing the trek. It's long enough but not too long.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • CFEIII
    Center, Texas5,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    El Pailon del Diablo
    I had been here previously, riding a bike down the Ruta de Cascadas. This time I took the bus down, not as exhilarating but probably safer. Once you get there, expect a hike down the mountain to the falls. Very rewarding! The falls is a remarkable whoosh of water cascading through the rocks. Well worth the trek. I had fresh strawberries before starting the trek back up.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Irene Samira C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My adventure in the CASCADA EL PAILON del Diablo
    "The adventure began as I entered the road, following the path that would take us to the El Pailón del Diablo Waterfall. As we advanced, the terrain became steeper and more challenging, but the promise of reaching the waterfall encouraged us to continue Go ahead. Until we arrived, we visited it at night, it was very beautiful, we took some photos and then we went up to a cabin to eat ice cream with my family. It is worth the walk to get to the waterfall.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2024
  • Say M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing trip !!!
    It is a beautiful waterfall in the city of BAÑOS. You can walk along the trail but you have to be careful as it is very rocky and slippery. You cross a suspension bridge very carefully and have a beautiful view of the imposing waterfall. You can only enter and return by walking, which is an exhausting journey and I recommend bringing water.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,434 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It took me 3 hours and 10 minutes to walk from Baños to the Devil's cauldron along the main road (17 km). The hike from Baños following the North bank of the Pastaza river is more rewarding, but takes 1 to 2 hours more and is not well marked. The trail is called Sendero de las Contrabandistas, as in the old days it was used by smugglers (of alcohol). Nowadays few people use it. Only met one person, an old lady in a shack during this hike.

If you have done the walk or the hike or in my case both, the waterfall is a bit of a disappointment as it is developed as a tourist attraction. Many vendors and stalls at the start and on the way down. Even disturbing disco music, though at the fall the thunderous sound of the falling water mass is eventually determining your experience. Indeed spectacular, especially if you scramble to it as close as possible from below. Nice to get wet and to be exposed to hard rock in a cave.

Hope that charging people for a view of nature which belongs to us all, is not becoming a new trend.
Written February 1, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We hired a private driver for 2 hours at $20. Yea, you can hop a bus for cheap, but he stopped at multiple waterfalls along the way, and, what the heck, they depend on the tourist dollar to get by. This waterfall was great. Easy downhill hike through the trees and past multiple food vendors. Thunderous falls throws quite a spray of water, with the option of crawling around behind the falls for a real soaking. Stupendous vistas, wooden cable bridge, nice hike, it’s no wonder it’s the #1 attraction in Banos. Excellent.
Written January 29, 2020
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Pailón de Diablo or the Devil's Cauldron is a waterfall in the Andes. It is one of several waterfalls that are achieved by following the route of the Pastaza River in the Province of Tungurahua. It is approximately 80 meters high, and about 20 meters deep. Hand-carved stands lead to a viewing platform with a splendid view. The closest town is Banos which is 20 kilometers away and takes about 30 minutes by bus to get there. $2 entry will get you the opportunity to hike down the steep canyon and up to the waterfalls.
Written January 13, 2022
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Traveling_Doodle
Ecuador75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I did this as part of the full waterfall tour package with Chebas Tours (the two story bus, not to be confused with the little chiva trolleys). I was very happy with the overall experience and our guide took us the $2 newer short route to the falls. Didn’t find this way to be “touristy” at all (as described in other reviews). It was definitely faster, easier and in my opinion, a better overall view of the falls. My guide was also knowledgeable and offered to take pictures as well. Definitely being right behind, beside and above these impressive falls was a highlight of my trip to Baños! I think a tour with this company is a few dollars more than the little chivas, but well worth it.
Written February 8, 2020
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global3adventure
Quito, Ecuador518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of the top highlights of both Banos & Ecuador is the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) Mother Nature's spectacular display of 3 thundering waterfalls where the Pastaza River cascades several hundred feet swirling into the rock basin. There are two entrances one from above and one from below. Wear sturdy footwear and a rain poncho as the steep steps, and paths are wet and slippery and filled with obstacles. Traversing the path into the Amazon you will encounter lush green flora, orchids, hummingbirds, and butterflies. You will cross several wooden suspension bridges, and crawl into caves behind the roaring falls. There are several balcony viewpoints along the way. The sheer height and power of the cascading water is breathtaking. Of course at the entrances there are a variety of vendors selling fruit, BBQ skewers, ice cream, & souvenirs.
Written February 11, 2020
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Sarah T
Ontario, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
February is the rainy season in South America, but the views were still amazing regardless of the weather! There are two parts/entrances to the waterfall. There’s and upper walkway and a lower walkway with many stairs that can take approximately 45 mins to an hour. Definitely with the $2 admission fee 😁
Written February 20, 2020
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William V
Charleston, SC18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We made the short hike to the waterfall and bought a cheap ticket to access the walkway below the waterfall. The ticket was cheap and included a walk across the bridge that looks back towards the waterfall.
The waterfall is a tremendous amount of water from the Rio Verde cascading down into a rock pit or cauldron. There is plenty of mist to enjoy the powerful nature of the water. There are observation walkways on top of the waterfall, but the two at the bottom show the power of the waterfall. You will need a rain jacket or poncho since the mist is incredible. One of the lower walkway to the falls involves bending down and sometimes crawling under the rock formations to get to the observation point. This is a fun little walk to see the waterfall up closer.
The hike down to the falls is easy and takes about 20-30 minutes. there are bathrooms and a cafe at the entrance to the waterfall. At the top of the gorge, before you hike down are vendors and artisans selling traditional Ecuadorean items. You can purchase food there also.
Written August 12, 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Amazingly only $2 to enter. You can easily spend a couple of hours taking your time. There are two entrances, the standard original one and Nueva entrance.
From the main entrance it is a 15 minute walk downhill, quite steep in parts to a cafe, don't stop at the first one, find the bridge across to the nicer one. Stunning views of the falls. On the other side of the bridge is a photo area and a cafe with wonderful views. Back across the bridge you now continue the walk on a concrete path on one side of the river. Lots of excellent photo opportunities on different levels, some in the spray of the falls.
To continue towards the upper exit across some more cable bridges you climb a few steps inside the rocks and then bend or semi crawl 40 metres to continue up lots of steps. All the time there are balconies for photos.
A very photogenic waterfall well worth the ridiculously small charge.

If you don't want to bend and possibly crawl through the rock tunnel you can always use the Nueva entrance at the top, also $2 and do both ends from different entrances. From here you go down an easy path to a good viewpoint then downhill on the cable bridge with great views. You can then continue down to the various viewpoints and go through the rock tunnel for views from the bottom and exit from that direction or turn around to exit.
Written February 10, 2023
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SaharaBlonde
Washington DC, DC168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Absolute must see. I've been few times to Niagara Falls (and not one extremely fascinated by waterfalls in general lol) and so I questioned really 'how great can this waterfall be' and there is nothing like being able to come so incredibly close to one and hear the roar of its force. The best way to get there is the chivas truck tours offered throughout Banos for $5. They hit up all of the major waterfalls and then at the end give a good hour for the Pailon del Diablo. We had plenty of time to hike down (from the Old Entrance, which helps the local communities. The new entrance is foreign owend), take photos, enjoy its grandiosity and have a drink overlooking the beautiful scenery.
Written January 11, 2021
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Both entrances are owned by Ecuadorians. I can’t speak for the old entrance, but the new entrance has a monthly food distribution for the retired elderly in Rio Verde and nearby areas. The new entrance also heavily sponsors a home for teen girls that are in high risk situation and helps provide better education for hundreds. I am sorry that you were misled. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Both sides are beautiful.
Written March 6, 2021
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Kim J
California61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This waterfall is so unique and meandering! We visited on Easter Sunday and it was being visited by many locals, lots of them enjoying the constant spray of cool water. Enjoy the vendors and food stalls on the way to the bridges that crisscross. Lots of selfie opportunities.
Written April 29, 2022
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